Tuesday, December 13, 2011

(Not) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I've been in college for the past seven years. It is hard for me to get too excited about Christmas until about a week before the holiday, because I have to deal with these things called "final exams". Since I'm an art history major, I also have to deal with these other things called "final papers", which are due maybe a week before I have to take the final exam. Am I the only one who thinks revising a 10+ page paper a week before I have to memorize 75+ slides for an exam is a little unfair? Maybe we could do the paper thing mid-way through the semester? Maybe the paper could be the exam? Something?

On top of that, Paxton is (finally) getting baptized this Sunday and stupid me decided that it would be no problem to throw a party afterward.

And on top of that... my guinea pig died last night. The guinea pig that I'd had since early 2005.

Said pig was elderly and had been sick for awhile (almost a year) with things that would, normally, kill a younger guinea pig with a certain amount of speed. We were beginning to think he was immortal. Sadly, that didn't turn out to be the case. He had a seizure last night, and I took him into the bathroom and held him until it was over. It was one of the saddest things I have ever experienced, honestly.

So now I have a dead guinea pig in an amazon.com box, chilling out in my house because I really have no idea what to do with him. The box won't fit in my freezer--I'm considering putting it in the garage since it is fairly cold outside. Sometime today I will have to call the vet and see about getting him cremated (he was not the sort of animal who would go for being in a box in the ground).

...excuse me, I have to go cry uncontrollably and flunk my math final now.

Salvador Dali
b. 2004 S. Portland, ME
d. 2011 Cleveland area, OH


  1. Awwww. That's so sad! When I was younger I had a Guinea Pig too. His name was Widget and he was a long hair calico. He died on my 18th birthday from who knows what. Might have been old. Might have had a condition. I noticed his breathing was irregular and I had been worried about him all day so I picked him up and held him in the 30 minutes before I was due to go out and celebrate my birthday with friends. Then he sort of rattled his last breath and I broke down in tears. It's so so sad to lose a cherished pet. *hug*

  2. Tori ... I wanted to know ... at the risk of spoiling a surprise ... did a package arrive for you? I was hoping everything was OK ... and completely second-guessing what I sent ... :(

  3. Oh, good! *whew* ... I was imagining broken granola jars and who knows what else. The recipe for the cranberry-orange oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies is here: http://ahalfbakedlife.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-bright-side-cranberry-white.html ... they're one of our favorites, too, and I was sorry to not blog them again this year because I love them oh so much! :)

    Hope you enjoy some down time these next few weeks!

  4. So sorry to hear about your pig! I had guinea pigs growing up and they were the best pets ... Salvador Dali actually looks like my first guinea pig, Flower (although she had black fur).